Gabriela Sabatini turned 46 years of age recently. Being a former tennis champion from Argentina, she stands associated with wins at the US Open as well as in Rome. If you look at her now, she looks wonderful, even at 46. Born in 1970, she has a freshness about her still.
She faced several successes on the tennis court, amounting to 27 in total. Her first success was in the match she played with Steffi Graf in 1990. She also had memorable wins like the one she gained in New York in the year 1988. She also gained a victory at Wimbledon in the year 1991. Continue
Francesca Schiavone is one of the first Italian woman players who won a Grand Slam event while playing singles. The lady took her tennis playing skills to the next level in 1998. In addition, she achieved the title of French Open Singles in 2010. Also, she was the runner up for the French Open in the year 2011. Indeed, the player is the only last player in the women’s tournament to have achieved the Grand Slam.
Looking at the achievements and popularity, there was a shocking announcement made recently which was hard to believe. There was a false rumor announced by the Twitter account that this Italian player was taking retirement after the loss to Kristina Mladenovic. It was wrongly done by the Roland Garros account and then Schiavone clarified that she had no plans of retiring as it was not the last match for her. This clarification indeed offered a great sense of relief to all her fans. Continue
Francesca Schiavone is one of the oldest female players going around on the tour, but, she is not starting even to contemplate retirement.
The Italian reckons she has not lost that competitive edge inside her and till the time it’s there, there is no question of her bidding adieu to the game.
According to Schiavone, quite a few players, who are almost of the same age or maybe just a tad younger than her, are still being active in the professional circuit and they are actually doing quite wonderfully, the likes of Serena and others. So, if they can maintain their bodies in good shape and keep going, there is no reason why she can’t continue. Continue
Whenever Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova meet, one thing that you can be absolutely sure about is that you would not get bored as there would be some majestic tennis on show.
It seems these girls have got the measure of each other. There would rarely be a one sided match when they are on the court.
Yesterday’s outing in the French Open was no exception either. It went all the way down to the wire yet again. In the third and final set, Kuznetsova came close to winning the match on numerous occasions, but, her veteran opponent was just not ready to throw the towel in. Continue
Wins and defeats are parts and parcel of the game, but, the sportsman spirit should always be there. However, a few people quite clearly don’t believe in this and one of them is the emerging youngster from China Miss Lin Zhu.
The other day at Indian wells, Lin Zhu was playing against Francesca Schiavone. In the second set of that match, she was wrongly awarded a point by the chair umpire who was probably not focussed enough on the court proceedings.
But, Lin knew quite well that she did not deserve that point as the ball that she had hit had already touched the ground before going to the other side of the court. But, she preferred keeping silence rather than going to the umpire and tell him what had actually happened. Continue